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47 mi 76 km of trail 3 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 17 Trails Intermediate Trails 17 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Large (about 5,000 acres) natural park in Portland with roughly 30 miles of dirt/gravel roads and 30 miles of trails. Most roads are open to bikes, while trails are generally only open to pedestrians. The following Forest Park roads are currently open to bicyclists: Leif Erikson Road, Saltzman Road, Springville Road, BPA Road, Newton Road, and Firelanes 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 15 & Holman Lane (uphill only). All trails (except bit of Firelane 5 above Leif) and other roads in Forest Park are closed to bicycles.

Dogs are allowed on-leash.

Forest Park is a welcome large natural-feeling space in Portland, but was logged in Portland's early days so is largely second-growth and successional vegitation, not the big trees and open under-story that you'll find in an old-growth forest. It is also affected in many areas by invasive species including blackberry, ivy, and holly. Both roads and trails can be muddy in the wet times of year.

Visiting Tips

The roads are muddy during and immediately after rain. The main road, Leif Erikson Drive, can be crowded on nice weekend days near the Thurman Gate entrance, and there are many blind corners, so check your speed as appropriate.

For quality mountain biking you have to drive well out of Portland to the coast range, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, etc.

Featured Hikes in Forest Park - 3

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Favorite Taking in the view of St. Helens and Rainier from just off the Wildwood Trail in Washington Park. Bill Cunningham Photo
Easy/Intermediate

Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail

29.7 mi 47.8 km • Point to Point • 2,376 ft Ascent 724.27 m Ascent

(24) Portland, OR
Favorite Fog in the trees along Wildwood.
Easy/Intermediate

Super Maple

10.7 mi 17.2 km • Loop • 894 ft Ascent 272.52 m Ascent

(6) West Haven, OR
Favorite A couple enjoy the Wild Cherry Trail. Bill Cunningham Photo
Easy/Intermediate

Nature Trail / Wild Cherry Loop

8.1 mi 13.1 km • Point to Point • 1,071 ft Ascent 326.31 m Ascent

(10) Portland, OR

Trails in Forest Park - 31

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1.0 mi 1.5 km #1Dogwood Trail
Easy/Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.5 km West Haven, OR
3.9 mi 6.2 km #2Saltzman Road
Easy/Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Easy/Intermediate
3.9 mi 6.2 km West Haven, OR
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Linnton Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Cedar Mill, OR
1.5 mi 2.5 km #4Northwest Firelane 12
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.5 km Cedar Mill, OR
11.6 mi 18.6 km #5NW Leif Erikson Drive Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Easy/Intermediate
11.6 mi 18.6 km Cedar Mill, OR
3.4 mi 5.5 km #6Maple Trail
Easy/Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Easy/Intermediate
3.4 mi 5.5 km West Haven, OR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Lower Macleay Trail
Easy
Portland, OR
Easy
0.8 mi 1.3 km Portland, OR 11 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #8Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
1.3 mi 2.1 km West Haven, OR
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Hardesty Trail
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Cedar Mill, OR
0.5 mi 0.8 km #10Chestnut Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km West Haven, OR
2.1 mi 3.5 km #11BPA Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Oak Hills, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
2.1 mi 3.5 km Oak Hills, OR
0.9 mi 1.5 km #12Holman Lane
Intermediate/Difficult
Portland, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Portland, OR
0.9 mi 1.4 km #13Nature Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km West Haven, OR
2.6 mi 4.2 km #14Firelane 1
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.2 km West Haven, OR
0.5 mi 0.9 km #15Firelane 4
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.9 km West Haven, OR
2.3 mi 3.7 km #16Newton Road
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Cedar Mill, OR
0.7 mi 1.1 km #17Fire Lane 7
Easy
West Haven, OR
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km West Haven, OR
0.7 mi 1.2 km #18Tolinda Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km West Haven, OR
1.0 mi 1.7 km #19Firelane 2
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.7 km West Haven, OR
1.1 mi 1.7 km #20Wild Cherry Trail
Intermediate
Portland, OR
Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km Portland, OR

Photos of Forest Park - 72

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Framed by moss-covered vine maple trees, two people stop to enjoy the view along Balch Creek.
Jan 27, 2016 near Portland, OR
A man and his granddaughter were seen spotting Pacific Wren and Wilson's Warblers along the Wild Cherry Trail. Bill Cunningham Photo
Aug 27, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A hiker enjoys a walk in the rain at the point where Fire Lane 2 crosses into a short section of private property near Skyline. There is only room for two or three cars at the side of the road. The trailhead can be difficult to find, but is marked by a double gate in a chain link fence.
Nov 9, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A beautiful, gnarled tree seen along the Wildwood Trail.
Nov 6, 2015 near Cedar Mill, OR
A couple start up the Birch Trail after leaving the Wildwood.
Oct 28, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A woman stops to check out the beauty of the Linnton Trail. Behind her is the root system of a fallen Douglas fir.
Sep 7, 2015 near Cedar Mill, OR
Rainier, Helens, and Adams from the BPA Road Trail, along with the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The power lines are ugly but the views make up for it
Jun 9, 2019 near Cedar Mill, OR
Good views all the way to Mt Rainier when you first enter the power line right of way.
Jun 9, 2019 near Cedar Mill, OR

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